Ku'Damm 101, Berlin $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
The 170-room Ku'Damm 101, located (as the name suggests) on western Berlin's main shopping drag, the Kurfürstendamm, takes the pure, clean-lined minimalism and cool color palette of Le Corbusier as its inspiration. The lobby's low, backless curved benches and softly glowing illuminated columns suggest a dance club, and DJs do occasionally spin here. The rooms are a sea of harmonious colors (gray, black, and mint green), with a select assortment of mid-century modern design classics, including Saarinen chairs. The black rubber flooring and Paris Métro look-alike tiling in the bathrooms, though, can feel a bit too institutional. The seventh-floor breakfast room has an especially impressive view down the Ku'Damm (particularly in the spring and summer, when the long boulevard is flanked by leafy trees), and the basement has a small spa with an aromatic steam bath and rooms for homeopathic massages and treatments.